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colorado, llc 800-775-7838 email: ] . good morning. it is thursday, november 1, 2012. welcome to cbs "this morning." the aftermath of sandy remains overwhelming, the death toll soars and 5 million people remain without power. >> massive gas shortages are causing anger and panic but subway and trains begin to move slowly. >> and the presidential campaign gets busy again. we'll check with the newest polls with just five days to >> we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. we are here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need
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until you rebuild. >> the northeast begins its long road to recovery. >> the death toll from sandy is now up to at least 74. >> 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come on. >> debris from this storm is stacked on streets. >> when i left everything was intact. >> there are long lines for gas in hard hit areas. >> i got no gas. >> limited subway service will begin this morning. >> as much as the water has gone down we're still two levels worth of water until we get to tracks? >> absolutely. >> the election is only five days away. today candidates are focusing on the homestretch. >> president obama tour devastated areas of new jersey with governor chris christie. >> she's sick it and crying her heart out about it.
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>> i'm tired. >> unusual approach to getting goods over the border,ing agents came across the jeep as it got stuck. >> all that -- >> give me a break. >> you wear a belt i'll start drawing a miss. >> -- and all that matters. >> amazing time laps video of sandy slamming new york city. >> few more days and no power new york might get weird. >> on cbs "this morning." >> speaking foreign language >> when your city is flooding that's as bad as antonio [ bleep ] banderas. welcome to cbs "this morning." i'm charlie rose in new york, norah o'donnell is in
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washington. the extent of superstorm sandy's damage has become clearer and more alarming, five a day. this morning sandy is blamed for 75 deaths in ten states. and about 5 million homes and businesses still have no electricity. >> in new york city many subway and commuter trains are now running and the city has put restrictions on drivers trying to get into manhattan. drivers also face severe gas shortages throughout the new york metro area. this morning hundreds of thousands of people along the new jersey shore are facing months even years of rebuilding. jeff glor is in things where president obama saw the power of sandy for himself on wednesday. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: norah, good morning to you. 14 are dead in new jersey but there is increasing concern that as more homes are searched that toll could rise. on wednesday president obama walked along new jersey's battered coastline side-by-side with governor chris christie.
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both offering encouragement to sandy's survivors. >> we're here four. we won forget. we'll follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: after getting an aerial view of the devastation the president vowed federal response would be swift. >> we won't tolerate red tape, we won't tolerate bureaucracy. >> reporter: the full scope of the damage comes into full focus by the hour. >> when i left everything was intact. i came back yesterday morning -- >> reporter: 68-year-old jackie has lived in the town of pleasantville for 22 years. she will start over again. >> all i could see was this -- >> reporter: nine years ago this woman bought a house nine blocks from the boardwalk. now a section of that boardwalk is in front her door. >> saw it floating down the street but i didn't know the destination was here. >> reporter: in sayerville, the
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times combative christie showed a softer side. >> every ounce of it ruined. nothing. nothing. >> this is the worst. >> reporter: this storm transformed vibrant cstal communities into beach fronts that looked more like ship wrecks. a string of natural gas fires broke out but no one was hurt. in some spots neighbors are still waiting for floodwaters to recede. sandy may be gone, the recovery has just moved in. >> this is our home, we've been here for years. we clean up, get things back to normal and go on. >> reporter: people can start applying for federal disaster assistance today, 1.8 million customers remain without power in new jersey. that's down from a peak of 2.7 million. utility companies say it will be
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a week before most of that power is back. some outages could linger longer than that. charlie, norah. >> thanks, jeff. new york city subway trains began rolling a short time ago for the first time in 3 1/2 days. but service is limited and the city faces another day of serious transportation troubles. jim axelrod is at the tip of lower manhattan outside of the staten island ferry terminal. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. that's a big step for new yorkers getting partial subway service restored to help ease the congestion on city streets. there won't be any subway cars coming in and out of this station not today, not tomorrow and not for a while it would appear. three days after superstorm sandy swept through new york the city's road to recovery is literally grid locked. >> the traffic is terrible. takes 45 minutes to go four blocks. >> reporter: with the city subway system still not operating commuters turned manhattan streets into parking
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lots. a telling sign of just how badly the city needs its mass transit back. >> i'm declaring a transportation emergency. >> reporter: this morning 14 out of 23 subway lines will begin operating. but none will be able to run below 34th street in manhattan and into brooklyn. multiple tunnels and stations in that area remain flooded with sea water. >> where are he? >> reporter: joe leader oversees maintenance for the transit authority. south ferry at the southern tip of manhattan. >> as much as the water has gone down we're still two levels worth of water until we get to the tracks? >> absolutely. >> reporter: it will take a week to pump out the water. that's the first step. >> assessment afterwards will be very difficult because these escalators have to beaken apart. elevators have to be looked at. >> reporter: the city is doing what it can to relieve congestion, made much worse in
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lower manhattan where 227,000 customers are still without power. >> give you like five bucks. >> reporter: new york's taxi rules are modified to allow drivers to pick up more than one passenger at one time and mayor michael bloomberg announced seven major routes into the city would be limited to vehicles carrying three or more people. >> i know it is an inconvenience for a lot of people but the bottom line is the streets can only handle so much. >> reporter: also yesterday commuter trains started to run to the northern suburbs through grand central terminal, bus service from new jersey into manhattan is starting. why is this so important? let's so you some pictures shot this morning. these are long lines of cars on the rfk bridge trying to get into the east side of manhattan. look at these lines of cars. it really gives you a sense of just what we're talking about here in terms of the commuter crush and why getting mass transit restored is just so crucial.
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charlie? >> for the millions of people who have no electricity the need for fuel to power generators and cars is becoming more urgent. the supply just not keeping up with demand. shortages are spreading and lines are getting longer. elaine quijano is following that story in secaucus, new jersey. elaine, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. just a few miles outside of manhattan here at this gas station in secaucus, new jersey, drivers have been waiting for up to three hours to gas up. some traveled from across the devastated region where in many cases there's no fuel. at the alexander hamilton service area off of the new jersey turnpike cars were lined up for over a mile. >> this is the worse i've ever seen it. truly terrible. >> reporter: people drove over 60 miles from the jersey shore just to get fuel. and in many cases found out there was nothing left. >> i went to six gas stations
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and every one is out. >> all the engines and everything went under water. >> reporter: unable to deliver his payload the truck was towed to meet tur intelligent demand for fuel. >> hardest part was getting in. >> reporter: half of all gas station in the region are currently closed either due to a lack of power or inventory. and one station in cranford, new jersey people lined up on foot to get gas for generators being used in homes without electricity. for many the need for fuel meant waiting well into the evening. >> i waited two hours. >> i've waited for three hours now. on the parkway people are cutting in. i'm thaep state police are out there. >> reporter: how much time did you guys spend looking for gas? >> probably about two or three hours today. there's been long lines every where. route without any choice but to wait,tion unanimous ortiz
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prepared food in her car. >> the if this last as few more days what will happen to you guys? >> i don't know. i don't know. everybody is running out of money where we live. there's nothing open. >> reporter: now, four of the areas six oil refineriy ies wer increase full production on wednesday. it accounts for a quarter of the area's fuel supply. it's hoped that had those are back up and running the shortages will be alleviated. if you're interested in helping we leave efforts here are some phone numbers to call. for the american red cross dial 1-800-red-cross. for the salvation army it's 1-800-sal-army. and for "feeding america," call 1-800-910-5524. charlie, those images of president obama side-by-side with new jersey's republican
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governor are making a lot of headlines this morning. governor christie defended himself lasting night saying the president deserved praise for helping storm victims. this morning with five days left before the election president obama is heading back out on the campaign trail. he'll visit wisconsin, nevada and colorado today and governor mitt romney heads to virginia after campaigning in florida on wednesday. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in jacksonville. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. to say that the hurricane threw a wrench in the presidential campaign is an understatement. both sides suspending campaigning. mitt romney muting his attacks on the president. the president yesterday getting to do something romney could not. act as comforter in chief. >> i'm going to help you get it all together. i promise. i promise.
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>> reporter: as the president tour storm-ravaged areas of new jersey he met with victims and officials, reassuring them the government would be there to help. >> everybody safe? that's the most important thing then we'll get this whole thing set up. >> reporter: apartment his side was new jersey republican governor chris christie, a mitt romney supporter. recognizing christie for his leadership the president sought to show he was moving beyond partisan politics. >> he's been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. >> reporter: back on the campaign trail romney on wednesday toned down his criticism of the president keeping his message positive as he tried to win over florida voters. >> washington has to begin to come together. >> reporter: accompanied by the state's former popular governor jeb bush romney emphasized his own record as massachusetts governor of bipartisanship. >> it was not lost on me to get anything done at all and even the have my veto upheld i had to have people across the aisle i kwork with.
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>> reporter: the temporary cease-fire didn't dpoend the number twos. >> remember the president talked about romnesia? well, it's contagious. congressman ryan caught it. >> reporter: vice president joe biden accused the romney campaign of lying in a new ad in ohio that implies the auto bailout is sending american jobs overseas. >> why would they do this in the face of overwhelming facts contradicting them. >> reporter: republican vp candidate paul ryan said the ad was true. >> those facts are inconvenient for the president, but no one disputes them. >> reporter: ryan fought back hard. >> president obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy, taxpayers still stand to lose $25 billion from the president's politically managed bankruptcy. >> reporter: now romney has been on the defensive for months on his position on the auto bailout. he's now taking it right to the president and their skirmishes back and forth about the auto industry shows how important it
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is especially in ohio which could hold the key to the white house. there are 800,000 people in jobs related to the auto industry in that state and charlie and norah they could be decisive. >> jan crawford, thank you so much. national journal white house correspondent major garrett is here. let's talk about what jan was just reporting on why is this fight over the auto bailout gotten so nasty here at the ♪ >> because the obama campaign responded if he roshow usually to what they knew was a game changing charge from the romney-ryan ticket. bailout is sending jobs to china. production may eventually be in china on jeeps. but it's chrysler and gm pointed out, jeep which is a chrysler brand and gm also producing autos in northern ohio aren't shrinking their production they are expanding it. so the obama campaign believes they have the facts and narrative on their side, talking to senior romney advisers last night they don't regret making
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the charge but they didn't anticipate the intensity of the obama reaction and the echo chamber that it's created in the free media, the publicity around it. >> that's interesting. let's talk about some of these state polls. they show obama waleed in wisconsin, new hampshire and iowa. and he has a five-point lead in ohio. you've been talk being to team obama, his top officials. what do they make of these numbers? >> i was in chicago two days ago and they are confident about the president's ability to win re-election. that's a normal place for the obama campaign. they are never anything other than superconfident. >> over confident? >> the obama campaign know their voter contacts and if they cho what they know they will win. but if they know is wrong they will lose. if everything we understand about this election is wrong then we'll lose. but if we think we're right and we are right then we'll win. with the romney campaign they look at these mums the trend is
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still in romney's favor. he's getting better with independents, closing the gender gap with women and has greater gop enthusiasm. obama campaign looks at the top line numbers and says we'll win. the omni campaign says no there's data points we find optimistic. >> what impact has the storm had on the momentum of the campaign? >> it's frozen the campaign, charlie. it's taken up the media space. but the on the ground work still continues. in ohio they lost power on monday night in cuyahoga county there was an obama phone banking operation that continued by candlelight. in hampton roads, virginia they shut down had to evacuate. they took over 75 rooms in richmond, virginia, overnight made it obama-biden operation there within a matter of hours. so all that ground game stuff still goes unabated. storm takes up tremendous amount of media space but where it matters most the campaign
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continues. >> will the ground game favor one or other candidate? >> look the early vote right now is there's a huge dispute going on. i'm trying to write a magazine piece about this. both sides are arguing who is withining the narrative about the early vote. it appears the obama campaign is hitting its own targets and the romney campaign is doing better than john mccain in 2008. that secondary aspect doesn't mean much. by the time election day actually arrives, they will have sizable lead in new hampshire, iowa, nevada and possibly in florida enough to carry those states across the finish line. >> major, thanks. cbs is projecting that four out of ten voters will have voted by election day so that -- >> 31% in 2008, could be as high as 40%. this is a huge trend in american
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politics. >> major garrett thank you so much. time now to show you this morning's headlines from around the globe. the "los angeles times" says a gunman opened fire at a halloween party on the university of southern cal university. two people have been detained. hours later they gave the all clear. the "philadelphia inquirer" reports jerry sandusky has been transferred to maximum security prison that houses most of pennsylvania's death row inmates. he's serving a 30 year sentence for child molestation. >> the "wall street journal" reports on a major step towards personalized medicine. they sequenced dna material of more than 1,000 people. they come from 14 population groups in europe, africa, east asia. the project off terrifies closest look yet at differences in human dna. it could help doctors diagnose diseases. and britain's telegaffe ace
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. one of america's busiest airports was covered with water during superstorm sandy. this morning laguardia airport is re-opening but after some chaos continues worldwide. we'll go to laguardia and see how long it will take to get back to normal. >> and sandy could cost insurance companies up to $15 billion. they say they can handle it. we'll show you what insurance covers and what it doesn't and find out what storm victims need to do right away on cbs "this morning."
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part of a long line there for gas. welcome back to cbs "this morning." i'm norah o'donnell in washington. charlie rose is in new york. good morning, charlie and happy november. >> happy november to you. this is a good month. we have elections and thanksgiving and christmas will be with us. by the way we also have halloween photos. that's coming up. >> that's right. halloween photos. we do want to focus on people certainly in new york and new jersey and virginia and other places that are still suffering from superstorm sandy's effect. travel around the world has been disrupted. there are, however some new york city subway lines and commuter trains that are running this morning.
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amtrak will start running trains in and out of new york city tomorrow. >> airlines are slowly clearing the backlog from 19,000 flight cancellations. it will take several days. and this morning new york's laguardia airport finally reopened. it was the last major airport to remain shut down because of the storm. seth doane is at laguardia. seth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie. that's a bit of good news here at laguardia as it opens here. the first flight landing from richmond, a delta flight landing at quarter past 7:00. they expect to be at half capacity. they expect 5,000 to 600 different landings and takeoffs and that's about 5% of what's average on a november day. i tried to push port authority as to when they expect to be back up to normal operating capacity and they say probably a couple of days. they didn't want to put a specific date interest. it's not just about having runways and the airport ready but it's about having the equipment in place. there were only two airplanes that weathered the storm here at
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laguardia both in hangars. a.j. all of these airplanes need to come back and that one from richmond that delta flight landing about 7:00 this morning was the first one back on the airfield here. >> what do pilots tell you about flying into this airport? >> reporter: well, it's interesting, charlie. we spoke with captain sully sullenberger. he said this is a fascinating airport to fly into. the runways are 7,000 feet not 9,000 feet. you have to be quite precise. ate beautiful airport to fly into. quite different from what it looked like just a couple of days ago. you talk about a picture capturing a thousand words. it was that jet bridge that appeared to go off into a body of water. that was taken right here at laguardia. so quite a big difference here.
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one of the big headlines, this is visual only landing. they won't be using the same instruments they normally would use. it's all about the weather being just right. the cloud ceiling not being too low. ate visual approach. >> seth, thank you so much. norah? >> and at the height of the storm more than 8 million utility customers lost their power more than "48 hours" later most of lower manhattan is still blacked out. incredible to see that picture. the total number of outages in the region has fall zwroen about 5 million. that includes 2 million in new jersey, 1.6 million in new york. 350,000 in connecticut. one of the places without power in new jersey is hard hit long beach island and ben tracey was one of the first reporters allowed to see some of the damage there. he is nearby in moonachie, new jersey. ben, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there's only one way on and off long beach island or as the
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locals call id lbi. but this sign says the bridge is closed. nearly 10,000 people that call this island home are not allow good out there. they did let us out yesterday to see the damage and i can tell you beyond this road block it's a total mess. this area known as beach haven looks more like beach hell. sand swallowing everything in its path and boats with nowhere left to go. >> how does the water knock our refrigerator down. >> reporter: joe decided not evacuate. he has two ruined cars and a bruised ego. >> i imagine the question people are asking you why did you decide to stay? >> i don't know. not very brilliant idea. >> you wish you had left? >> yes. >> reporter: with no power or water and temperatures in the low 50s he and his wife rita finally gave up wednesday. the national guard hauled out the holdovers from an island that's now uninhabitable.
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>> we have no water, sewer, gas, electric, phones. we're basically dead in the water here. >> reporter: dawn russell is glad she fled to a red cross shelter. she saw what's left of her house for the first time yesterday. >> when i pulled up it was horrible. i had a boat into my car. my house. everything was disarray. everything you can imagine is gone from the house. >> reporter: one of the things people say it's just stuff. but when it's your stuff, what does it feel like? >> know they say they are happy we're okay and yes i'm very happy i'm okay but that's my life, my everything that i worked all these years to get and saved to get is gone. >> reporter: like so many along the jersey shore trying to recover from all that sandy left behind dawn will have to do it without insurance. >> as i said i don't even know where to start at this point. i really don't. >> reporter: it's hard for kids
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to see mom suffering. >> yes. >> what have you told him? >> we'll try to pick up from where we are at right now and try to start over. that's all we can do. >> reporter: unfortunately it's going to take a while. the mayor of long beach island township told us yesterday it will be five to six days before people can go out the tiled and see what theirs homes look like. he says the damage, $700 million at least. it could cost $200 million simply to remove all that sand from streets. >> it's incredible as you talk to those residents. you talk about five days before people can come back and see their homes. people can't live there. where will they live in the future? >> reporter: it's going to take a while. the mayor said it could be months before some parts of the island -- before people can move back. you have people in shelters and people are transitioning to living with friends and family. a lot of support around here.
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a lot of people taking in their neighbors and doing anything they can. >> ben tracey, thanks for your reporting. sandy has caused billions of dollars in damage. insurance will cover some of the losses, not all of them. we'll find out what you can do now and what to expect from your insurance company. that's coming up on cbs "this morning." living with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis means living with pain. it could also mean living with joint damage. help relieve the pain and stop the damage with humira, adalimumab. for many adults with moderate to severe ra, humira is clinically proven to help relieve pain and stop joint damage. so you can treat more than just the pain.
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storm victims how much of the losses are covered by insurance, bob hartwig, president of the insurance information institute joins us now. welcome. >> gloobd here. >> what are your estimates of the damage? >> right now we're looking at insured estimate losses of $5 to $15 billion. one of the most expensive hurricanes in u.s. history. >> in the top five? >> top five, six, seven. >> who is covering who is not covered? >> pretty much everyone will have some form of insurance. you're required to carry insurance if you have a mortgage and most people do anyway. if you live on the shore typically you'll have a stand homeowners policy that will cover wind damage and most people will have flood damage and that will cover damage from flooding and the storm surge. >> most required by mortgage. >> particularly federally backed you'll be required to have that mortgage. >> what do you do? >> first, when you get back to your property, go out there and inspect that property very carefully in case there's live wires or gas lines.
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document the damage. use a cram. take photographs. jot down notes. call your agent or insurance company and then what will to be done is you'll be added to the list and an adjuster will come and visit you as quickly as possible. >> what does that mean? >> it depends on where you are. insurers have marshalled agents. armies of at and adjusters are descending into the area. even before the storm was hit. as soon as they are allowed to enter these areas they will accompany you and adjust your lame. >> i have a question for people in breezy point who have lost their homes due to fire. >> right. >> will they get insurance coverage for where they are going live in the meantime while their current house is rebuilt? >> they will. in fact fires covered by your homeowner's insurance policy and so are temporary living expenses. your adjuster even has the authority to check for you on-the-spot to help you secure, to have a few dollars for a
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hotel room, for example. >> what's the difference between you have private insurance and then the federal disaster relief insurance that people can start applying for today? >> private insurance is what you get from your homeowners insurance company or if you have a business. that money will be sent to you directly again even a check might be written on-the-spot by the adjuster. federal aid will be available we heard beginning today for everybody who is affected by this storm and you can begin to apply for that immediately. >> what are the kinds of claims, common claims that you should know about. >> common types of claims people will have are flood vehicles. if you have comprehensive insurance on your vehicle that will be covered. that's good news. if you have a small business people typically will have that insured for property as well as flood. you can get your business back online, your home back online, new vehicle and insurers are the economic first responders in these devastated communities. >> bob
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however as terrell brown reports the spirit of halloween was not completely lost. >> happy halloween. >> reporter: for some it was a night to celebrate. after a week most folks wanted to forget. sandy may have been dubbed a frankenstorm but she left many this halloween with nowhere or no reason to celebrate. new york city's famous halloween parade was cancelled for the first time in nearly 40 years as parts of downtown are still without power. the situation so severe in new jersey, governor chris christie signed an executive order postponing trick or treating. >> halloween will be on monday in new jersey. >> my power knows no bounds. no bounds at all. >> reporter: sandy claimed a white house tradition. each year the president and first lady handout candy to military children. president obama spent yesterday touring new jersey's devastated coastline instead. >> we're here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you
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get all the help that you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: but sandy didn't stop everyone. at a shelter in pleasantville, new jersey, red cross volunteers gave out candy and painted the faces of displaced children. residents on new york city's upper east side celebrated with a block party. >> the kids are getting a little bit of a relief. new york has gone to through a terrible time and while we take the tragedy very seriously, tip typical new yorkers to make a party out of it. >> reporter: even with a tree on their home one family on long island had a bowl of candy ready just in case. for cbs "this morning," brown. >> norah there's one family in washington, d.c. that also went out last night. take a look at this family. father, mother, three kids.
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>> those are my kids. they a great time. batgirl and i only ate three pieces of candy, charlie. >> and your husband is dressed as? >> a piece of bacon. >> we'll be right back. back in a moment. ♪ i -- i got it, i got it made ♪
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it is 8:00. welcome back to cbs "this morning." >> superstorm sandy victims spend another day digging out of a the president sees the damage firsthand with governor chris christie. and we'll ask former governor jeb bush about the government's storm response as he looks ahead to election day on tuesday. but first here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we've been covering on cbs "this morning." we are here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need. >> the extent of superstorm sandy's damage has become a clearer and more alarming. >> people can start applying for
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federal disaster assistance today, 1.8 million customers remain without power in new jersey. >> every ounce of it ruined. nothing. nothing. >> new york city subway trains began rolling a short time ago for the first time in 3 1/2 days. >> that's a big step for new yorkers getting partial subway service restored. it will help ease the congestion on city streets. >> a few miles outside of manhattan drivers have been waiting for up to three hours to gas up. >> got no gas. >> the hurricane threw a wrench in the presidential election is an understatement. >> what impact has the storm had on the momentum of the campaign? >> it's frozen the campaign. >> the on the ground work still continues. >> people complain about not having the subways riding get back to complaining about having to ride the subways. i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell in
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washington. millions of victims of superstorm sandy are facing another rough day, about 5 million homes and businesses still have no power. the death toll is at least 74. here in new york subways are running for the first time since the storm and laguardia airport is open again as well. >> and along the new jersey shore it may take days or weeks for people to get to their damaged homes. jeff gore is in atlantic city with that part of the story. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. 14 are dead here in new jersey. most from falling trees or car accidents. there is some concern that as officials search more homes that toll may rise. president obama and governor chris christie toured this area yesterday. the president is promising a swift federal response. as we mentioned people can start applying federal disaster assistance today as 1.8 million remain without power in new jersey, customers that is, that's down from a peak of 2.7
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million. utility companies say it will be a week before most power is restored but some outages could linger even longer than that. here in atlantic city, roads remain blocked, leading into town. they are not letting most people back just yet. charlie, norah, gayle. >> one of the most striking image from the storm is that damaged crane still dangling high over the streets of manhattan. senior correspondent john miller spoke with two new york city engineers who had to climb up there to find out just how dangerous the situation is. >> reporter: during the storm that snapped the boom off the crane with winds gusting through the 72 story construction site and swinging the hanging boom back and forth, two new york city building department's engineers had to get to the top of the building and answer the question, would the boom hold or come crashing down? for most of the long climb, the only way up was the stairs. >> i've never heard anything as
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loud as wind howling in my life as we got to the 48th floor. you have to apply so much pressure to open the door. i was with him. we got into the hallway. and you could almost get sucked right now. >> michael and timothy had to check each of the structural braces that held the tower with the crane on top to the side of the building. >> you know it's a mess that high. we were concerned about the upper most high, if that tie had failed that means the mass could fall. that 1,000-foot mass. >> reporter: if the climb up was perilous it was nothing when they got on the roof. >> you're on the edge of a roof where a normal person wouldn't want to be. >> i'm looking for information. i know i'm sound, i'm tied off. knowing once you're tethered i'm okay with that.
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you start looking around and start doing real work. it does make your heat beat. >> reporter: for cbs "this morning," john miller, new york. it does make your heart beat, i'll say. and the good old pay phone is making a come back. remember those? thanks to superstorm sandy new yorkers who don't have electricity are lining up to use them because their cell phones died or they just don't get reception. the "wall street journal" reports some tech savvy people can't figure out how to use this retrodevice. they are losing a lot of quarters. >> norah you remember the phone booth, don't you? >> absolutely. the pay phones. great piece in the "journal" about 24-year-olds keep putting the quarter in and doesn't realize how to work the phone even though they are tech savvy. they are too retro. >> could it's still around because it's working during times like this. >> from pay phones to politics the presidential candidates are walking a fine line between
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comforting and campaigning. on wednesday both president obama and governor mitt romney urged the country to try and come together. >> we're going to have a lot of work to do. i don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight. but what i can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials and we will not quit until this is done. >> we also have full hearts because we know our fellow americans in some parts of our country are struggling through tough times with the hurricane that hit the atlantic coast. when there are challenges we come together and help one another and that help is needed now. >> now both men head back out on the campaign trail. a poll shows mr. obama leading. romney 50% to 45%. in september that same poll found the race was tied. and new jersey's governor is
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usually one of the president's biggest critics and this morning he's facing criticism from other republicans. on wednesday we saw christie join the president on i had helicopter as they toured the storm-ravaged shore. listen to what he said about it last night? >> i do pinch myself every day. when i got on marine one i'm pinches myself. believe me. sandy and chris christie's son on hungarian one i never thought would happen in my life. so, you know? >> i got a chuckle out of listening to chris christie saying that. he's working hard important the residents of the state of new jersey and said he had to pinch himself after being on marine one. he has been praising the president's response to the disaster. and last night he said, he defended himself and said this is the right time to put politic ace side. >> interesting, norah, he had to defend himself. people said storm sandy didn't care if you were democrat or republican and a lot of people said it's good to see the two of them working together.
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>> i heard governor christie say yesterday we both enjoyed doing our job. it is a huge and serious debate here in new york city. will sunday's marathon which is still on put too much of a strain on police? who have been work nonstop because of sandy? that story is coming up next on cbs "this morning." ççççñçzñççççzçzzzzzzççñ,ç
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marathon is still on ladies and gentlemen. let's see, major streets and roads in five boroughs still closed. subways not running. power outages all over the city.
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yeah, let's have a marathon! why not. typically, as you know, the new york city marathon is won by a guy from kenya. no, no, i'm sorry i'm thinking about next week's election. >> new york city has slowed to a crawl because of superstorm sand chip but some of the world's top runners are hurrying to get here for new york city's marathon. the race is going ahead as scheduled. erin moriarty is looking to see if they are ready to go. >> reporter: in a typical year 47,000 athletes from around the world come to compete in the new york city marathon. that number will be lower because of sandy. just as the criticism is beginning to rise for having that race at all. molly pritz was the top american female finisher at last year's new york marathon. this year she hopes to do
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better. >> it's a race just to get here. >> reporter: then sandy came along. >> just the devastation of it left me shocked. you never know how hard it will hit. >> reporter: despite flooding and power outages brought by this storm of the century, mayor michael bloomberg said the race will go on. >> there's lots of people that came here. it's a great event for new york. >> reporter: the decision sparked debate on the facebook page of the new york roadrunner's club. the organization responsible for the marathon. this is one of the biggest slaps in the face you can give to responders, victims and survivor of this disaster one member wrote. while another posted new york city needs this race for normalcy. the nypd won't reveal how many first responders will be on hand only telling cbs news there will be adequate detail to secure and barricade the 26 mile race through new york's five
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boroughs. the effort is joined by some 8,000 volunteers. it will be a good thing for the city post-sandy. >> reporter: anil bhambhani manages a new york athletic store. he likens this year's race to the one he ran after 9/11. >> big sense of pride and accomplishment for new yorkers. >> reporter: molly pritz wouldn't be kept away but training presents its own challenge. central park has been closed to clear debris. 4 athlete tons the now overcrowded streets of the city. clean up crews are working to make all the pavement passable. still participants will get a good glimpse of the devastation along the route. sanitation workers are clearing the starting line on staten island where some residents are still missing. in brooklyn the runners will pass buildings submerged days ago. in queens within ten miles of the neighborhood that lost 100 homes to fire and flood. the race will end in manhattan
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after heading briefly through the bronx where a combined 280,000 residents remain without power. for molly pritz it will be the race of a lifetime and one she could have never expected. >> you come here it's more than just a normal race. it's an experience that not only makes you run better but it makes you feel like you're running for something more important. >> senior correspondent john miller has run the new york marathon. he was involved in planning for it. there's intense debates on both sides, one of the arguments is it's inappropriate and it will stretch nypd resources too much. what do you think? >> well, this comes down to one of these things like after 9/11, when they decided to run the marathon but they also did the big event at madison square garden. this is where one of the things they get in the back of the mayor's office who are we as a city and we're a city that will be unbound by any event if 9/11 won't force it certainly this storm won't. it's a lot like running a
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marathon. working through the pain. >> 9/11 had two months. you had two no, sir prepare. this is less than a week. >> and most of the damage was downtown. >> that's right. >> the idea of getting to any of these places, getting to staten island when the subways aren't running. >> part of where they get lucky here if there's any luck in this week is that the part that starts in staten island starts on the bridge. so the first thing it does is leave staten island which has been affected and runs through the part of brooklyn that has been not as affect as garrison beach or south brooklyn and goes up through the short part of brompgs and down the part of the manhattan that's not in the blackout. as fate would have it the existing marathon route skirts the areas that i guess in the least trouble. >> bottom line does it stretch nypd and others? >> it will. but this is a huge department. this is 35,000 cops. then you got a few,000 traffic enforcement agents to man those intersections too.
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the key here, though, is that this is an off the shelf plan. it's been -- they've done it a thousand times. they know how many people it takes. they know the route. they know the posting. they know the barrier details. you're talking between 2,000 and 3,000 cops between the no parking detail, the barriers, the route, the overtime factor is budgeted. there's some argument it would have taken more trouble to cancel it with all of that done ahead of time than it would to go through it. the key is they know they can do it, they know they are stretched and they know that the cops in the department are willing to do it. >> it may be something about the spirit of new york. >> that's the key. >> pulling people together and showing not only in your own words we're here and we can still do the kinds of things that we always have tone. >> one line i saw on facebook said the city that never sleeps never quits. that seemed to kind of sum it up. >> never been cancelled. >> never been cancelled.
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>> and frankly, for all we've been through this week it could be an uplifting event. >> you ran in 1984. why haven't you run since then? >> well that was 17 years ago and probably at least 45 pounds ago and when i finished that race i remember saying why would anyone ever do this again. >> i was surprised you learned to do it. go john. >> thank you, sir. >> one in a row. >> the recovery from sandy has only just begun. we'll continue that story. this portion of cbs "this morning" is sponsored by macy's. [ female announcer ] we were flattered when regenerist beat
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the governor of florida jeb bush had to respond to more than a dozen big storms. we'll ask him about the government's response to sandy. and as mitt romney supporter, how does elf about governor chris christie saying all those things that he said about
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president obama. we'll find out from governor bush on cbs "this morning."
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you're looking at long lines of cars trying to get into manhattan. welcome back to cbs "this morning." as president obama looked at storm damage on wednesday governor mitt romney campaigned in florida with the state's former governor jeb bush. at one stop he mentioned the hurricanes and tropical storm florida had to face in 2004 and 2005 alone. governor bush joins us now.
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good morning. >> good morning. charlie can you hear me >> yes i can. you've been through this. tell me what your experiences teach you about this kind of devastation and how to respond? >> well, it requires public leadership and governors and mayors appear to me to be stepping up in a very important way. it requires having a coordinated response, not getting impatient, communicating well to the people, giving them some confidence that the information you give is truthful and it is accurate. it requires more than anything else getting power back up because as you can see without power life just doesn't work really well in the united states particularly in densely-populated areas. and then there's going some real conflicts in the weeks to come
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about insurance and about reimbursement but right now i think the focus is how do you get power back on as quickly as possible so moms can drop their kids off at child care and people can get back to work and you can restore some, you know, some aspect of life that's ordinary. >> if you were the republican governor of new jersey would you want the president to come in and tour the damage and promise the full cooperation of the federal government? >> yeah. i think that's more symbolism than anything else because, of course, the federal government is going to provide support for new jersey and new york and all the other affected states. but the president in these kind of roles is not like, you know, you're not is going ask the president to make sure that the new jersey turnpike has power on. that's not his job. but it is his job to symbolically be the counselor in chief. a lot of people are scared during these times. a lot of people lose a lot and they don't know what to do and having a president on the ground makes all the sense in the
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world. so i thought it was appropriate for the president to be there and it was appropriate for governor christie. >> you give high marks for what the president is doing at this point? >> look, the federal government's role is to support local and state government. it isn't the expectation shouldn't be anything more than that. when you raise expectations beyond that it is impossible for fema to respond to local responses if the local governments and state governments decide not to do it. >> you were campaigning in florida with governor romney saying that the president, president obama doesn't have the humility to reach out and find common ground to solve problems. why would you say that? >> well, i was struck in these three events with governor romney, these are partisan conservative republican crowds, 5,000 each maybe in each one of these stops. i was struck by their response
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to his appeal to bipartisanship and his commitment to do so. i think the country irrespective of ideology is yearning for political figures to be creative and innovative and determined to find common ground. i think the president has spent most of his time explaining away why it hasn't worked the way he wanted to and dividing the country. i'm not optimistic if he's re-elected he'll do anything different than what he has done. i hope i'm wrong. but i believe mitt romney will be elected president and it was more a response to listen to his message and to see how people responded to it in a very favorable way. >> why do you believe that when all the polls including the most recent poll showing president obama leading by five in ohio, about even in florida, i think it is now even though governor romney was expected to be in florida and some people say the fact that the president was campaigning, that governor romney campaigning with you
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shows florida may very well be in play. >> well, i saw -- i think if you're referring to the poll that cbs news and quinnipiac did, to look at the structure of that poll and i think it's just not accurate. that would be my guess. look it will be a close election. i could be wrong. i do feel the momentum has been in governor romney's -- on governor romney's side and i do think at the end challengers typically do better than incumbents. what they poll more or less, incumbent, the challengers are the ones that pick up ground. one thing that mitt romney is clearly going to do is win a large, by a large margin independent voters. so there has to be a massive turnout among democrats for the president to win it. it may happen but i doubt it. >> one question of turnout is the hispanic vote. you speak well to hispanics. where do you think clearly they are for president obama in large
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numbers. do you think they will turn out? >> it's hard to tell. i think based on press accounts it looks as though the turnout in nevada for president obama among hispanics may be a deciding factor. but in other places it may not. so, you know, it's hard to tell. i think in florida the gap has narrowed significantly. and governor romney is doing much better among hispanic voters here not just cuban-american voters that are traditionally republican, but puerto rican voters and others. we're in for a real close election next tuesday for sure. >> here's the question. story in "new york times" say in dwindling days of the campaign romney takes a softer tack. if romney campaigned more like jeb bush woe be more likely to be ahead today? >> i think governor romney's campaign was, got to a slow to
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respond to the attack of the president in july and august. but after the debate, he's found his rhythm, and you can see there's just been a progressive, i don't know if it's more moderate but a tone that's more positive, a tone that's reaching out. you can be a committed conservative and find common ground with liberals. it happens all the time. it happens at every state capital and happens occasionally in washington, d.c. believe it or not. ask paul ryan and ron riden as it affects medicare. they found common ground. i want requires a president to create that climate where it happens more often as not. >> as always, governor bush, thank you for joining us. i hope we can do it often beyond the political campaign. weather experts are saying new york to have prepared for sandy. how the lessons from this storm
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could save money and lives when the next storm hits.
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thousands of superstorm sandy victims are police officers, firefighters and other first responders. now they are helping other victims even as their homes and families are still at risk. on wednesday elaine quijano was an eyewitness to a local emergency in new jersey. >> reporter: our cameras were rolling as smoke started to billow out of this house on a deserted street in moonachie. after we called 911 firefighters showed up in three minutes carrying equipment they saved from their flooded firestation. frank smith is the assistant fire chief. >> we have no police desk, no fire department, no ambulance squad. we're operating on whatever we grab during the flood and we're operating out of a shelter.
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>> reporter: one firefighter was in sweat pants when he entered the building. this was just one of a half-dozen fires since floodwaters overran this town. these volunteers know every call could end at their own door step nine got secure my power. i got to secure my gas. i'm afraid this will happen to my house. i live down the block. >> reporter: on wednesday for the first time, he had a chance to help himself. eight feet of water was in his house. and his belongings are now piled outside. >> everything. trying to stay strong for my kids. >> reporter: he was on duty during the storm and rushed home to rescue his family. >> my wife was holding him up and this one i had in my arm. crazy. we were running in and out. >> reporter: he can't focus on himself for long. the calls from his neighbors keeps coming. >> still responding.
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>> you can't prepare for this. you can't prepare for water, within, no fighting it. you know. fires will break out. we'll be here to put them down. that's what we do. >> reporter: for cbs "this morning," elaine quijano, moonachie, new jersey. >> it is too late to prepare for this disaster but we can start planning for the next big storm that is the focus of "time" magazine's cover story, lessons from sandy written by senior editor brian walsh. welcome. here's the cover of your magazine. you make this point. if you don't pay now you'll pay later. >> absolutely. we can see now we know the devastation from sandy will be in the billions of dollars. if you prepare now, you know, hopefully we'll head off some future storms like this in the coming days. >> but you say that we still depend on 20th century technology to power 21st century economy. what does that mean. >> that's referring to the electrical grid.
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we saw what 8 million people who lost power. we have a system that isn't ready for this kind of a disaster. you have a grid that can go down easily. even smaller events like halloween's storm last year. we have a system that's like the internet, more flexible, more resilient you can get it back online faster. >> people can tweet but still couldn't use internet or cell phones. >> exactly. the signature moment of the storm people tweeting that they had lost power which shows that very clearly. >> what are the big lessons back to the cover story, a lesson from the storm that makes a difference in terms of the future? >> a few. climate change clearly is real. scientists will differ how much climate change affect as storm like this. this will become more and more common in the future we'll have stronger storms, we'll have these coastal flooding events which are disastrous with sandy.
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one thing we need to deal with. secondarily we have to think we have cities like new york, 3.7 million americans who live within a few feet of high tide. so these are people who will be vulnerable toni kind of an event in the future. we have to think do we move them or put infrastructure out of harm's way. do we lift up roads, subways things like that. do we lift up electrical grid, electrical generating equipment to make sure it doesn't get knocked out. >> can we learn from other cities like london? >> london is a great example. they have a sea barrier that are dealing with a thames. other cities have thought about this. new york has not expect ad storm like this. andrew cuomo the governor talked about how we have once a century flood every couple of years. that will happen in the future. we have to think where do we put our equipment and people as well to make sure they are not in harm's way. >> brain walsh, the cover story from "time" magazine called
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lessons from the storm. >> the new issue of "time" is now available online. it will be on newsstands in the northeast tomorrow. here's a question. can you explain the electoral college? this morning mo rocca looks at our voting system through the eyes of some very smart little kids. you're watching cbs "this morning." we'll be right back.
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i'm tired. i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. . >> is that why you're crying? it will be over soon, abby.
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okay. the election will be over soon, okay. >> okay. >> she's very upset and she's right. on tuesday it will be over soon, abby because we vote for president. but we don't elect the president. that's the electoral college's job. in a new documentary called "electoral dysfunction." mo rocca asked some young people to describe that. >> we're going to have an election and i want you to choose between two candidates. colored pencils and markers. who is voting for colored pencils. 10 vote for colored pencils. who is voting for markers. 14 for markers. markers have won the popular vote. but now it's time network these
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young minds by derogatory them to the electoral college. table one electoral how do you cast your mark? >> markers. >> table three >> colored pencils. >> in the end the election came down to one state. >> elect tor how do you cast your vote >> colored pencils. >> everybody thought it was unfair because it's not just about the electoral vote it's about everybody's votes. >> so, you were a rabble rouser. >> mo rocca is with us now. >> third graders have an uncorrupted sense of fairness. >> how did we get to this >> the electoral college which thomas jefferson called in the constitution was an
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unenthusiastic compromise among the framers. they toyed with the idea of a popular vote. they rejected that. they thought about congress selecting the president that would have given congress too much power so they settled on an indirect election which was common at the time and slavery played a role. it was a way of giving the south credit for their slaves electoral credit for their slaves. while they treated slaves zero fifth each slave constituted a three-fifth of a person. >> let's go back to your kids in the piece. that little boy said no fair it's cheating. latest poll say 62% of the voters, mo, do not like the electoral college system yet it still exists today. >> both democrats and republicans don't like it. and in my opinion, if mitt romney were to win the popular vote and barack obama were to win the electoral college vote, i don't think the electoral college would be disbanded. it would blow up in a fiery ball because both parties would have
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been lost out with the electoral college in the course of 12 years. >> what will they do? >> well, there would have to be a constitutional amendment. there's a plan to do an end run around the constitution something called the national popular vote plan and i don't want to take too long to explain i want but it's a way for states, interstate compact and a bunch of states have agreed to it saying that they will cast their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote regardless of how their state votes if enough states agree to this to equal the number of 270. i know it's confusing. if you have a dvr rewind it. it makes sense. >> the bottom line is how can you win the popular vote and still not be president of the united states? >> we're the only democracy on earth that uses this system and defenders of it say well what about the small states? it protects the small states. the only states it protects are a handful of swing states. these guys are running for president of ohio now.
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it doesn't make any sense. >> so if in fact they are not electoral, if in fact nobody gets 270 electoral votes, both have say 269 -- >> it turns to congress. >> house of representatives decides on the president. >> that's correct. >> and the senate decides on the vice president. >> that's correct. >> could end up with a president from the republican party and a vice president from the democratic party. >> i smell sitcom. that's a ridiculous situation. but i believe that if it were a popular vote you would have mitt romney campaigning in orange county, california, barack obama going to austin, texas at least it would be more -- they would be going more parts of the country. >> nicely done. thank you. >> thank you gayle. norah, thank you for joining us from washington. we look forward to seeing you back here. that does it for us. up next is your local news. we will see you tomorrow on cbs "this morning." more political news and we continue to follow the fallout from hurricane sandy. see you tomorrow.
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